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Starred Review. Bissinger eschews the usual method of writing about baseball in the context of a season or a career, choosing instead to dissect the game by carefully watching one three-game series between the Cardinals and Cubs in late 2003. The Pulitzer-winning journalist and author of Friday Night Lights had unprecedented access to Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, as well as his staff and team, and he used that entrée to pick La Russa's formidable baseball brain about everything from how he assembles a lineup to why he uses certain relievers. As the series unfolds, Bissinger reveals La Russa's history and personality, conveying the manager's intensity and his compulsive need to be prepared for any situation that might arise during " 'the war' of each at-bat." Typical characters—the gamer, the natural, the headcase, the crafty old timer—are present, but Bissinger gives new life to their familiar stories with his insider's view and cheeky descriptions (e.g., "Martinez's response to pressure has been like a 45-rpm record, a timeless hit on one side, and the flip side maybe best forgotten"). Bissinger analyzes each team's pitch-by-pitch strategy and gets the dirt on numerous enduring baseball questions: What does it feel like to have to close your first game in Yankee Stadium? Who knew about players using steroids before the current scandal hit? Do managers tell their pitchers to throw at hitters? Mixing classic baseball stories with little-known details and an exclusive perspective, this work should appeal to any baseball fan.
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Bissinger, whose "Friday Night Lights" celebrated high-school football in Texas, here explores baseball through the eyes of the St. Louis Cardinals' current manager, Tony La Russa. A three-game series against the Chicago Cubs in 2003 frames the narrative, and provides an opportunity to explore the quirks of the contemporary game; clubhouses offer four flavors of sunflower seeds, for instance, while a Cardinals' relief pitcher performs his pregame rituals in the nude. La Russa comes across as a passionate, conflicted man. He's an animal-rights activist who drives an Escalade, and an information omnivore prone to misusing baseball statistics; and, while he's the sixth-winningest manager in history, he still gets so upset about losing that he has been known to stomp off the team bus and walk in solitude back to his hotel after a defeat. Granted complete access to La Russa and the team, Bissinger has studied closely, but he betrays a weakness for platitude and for odd turns of phrase, as when he ascribes to one hitter "the slightest oregano of arrogance."
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I enjoyed learning many new insights into baseball strategy as well as the numerous back-stories that explained baseball's evolution and the motivations of players and managerPublished 3 months ago by Brookemeister
Author Buzz Bissinger and St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa team up for one of the best insights into baseball in "Three Nights in August. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Barry Sparks
The book attempts to give an insiders look in the stategies and adjustments a manager must make during a season. The looks follows the thought processes of Tony LaRussa of the St. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rex
LaRussa is a wonderful man that wears many hats. This is a look deep into his mindset for three incredible days. Great book!Published 14 months ago by Mary S. Prudent
You don't have to be a St. Louis Cardinals fan to appreciate this fine piece of documentation. Watching the sport of baseball either live or on the media is always fun, but Buzz... Read morePublished 15 months ago by William J. Libera
Buzz Bissinger does a great job of delving into the modern baseball world focusing on the expertise of Tony Larussa. Read morePublished 16 months ago by R. C Sheehy